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Educational Theory

Grammars of Schoolingexamine to discern
differences from then to now.
Or are there?
Student centered/Teacher
Centered classrooms and
their characteristics. How can
you strive to have a learnercentered classroom and
experiences for your
Blooms Taxonomy: To use in
forming instructional
objectives (divergent vs.
convergent thinking)
Theories of Learning: As
teachers, we can ID under
what theory our practice falls.
What kinds of teachers are
we? (Humanism,
Constructivism, Cognitivism,
Metaphors: value in forming
them and looking to root
metaphors to ID roles of
teachers and students
Assessment- Summative and
Formative, Traditional vs.

Teacher Beliefs

Personality Traits of a
Music Teacher- How we
are is contagious and the
importance of affective
traits in relating to
Personal Journey ProjectRealizing you have a
starting point and seeing
where youd like to go
Philosophy/MetaphorWhat you believe
constitutes good teaching
and why
Your values as a teacher.
What we believe and care
about will show through
our teaching
Ayers MythsReconceiving some
popular beliefs about the
profession and why they
may not be true after all
Teachers as Agents of
Change: the importance of
constantly re-evaluating
what it is were doing and

Principles and Practices

The use of
Frameworks as a tool
to organize our
conceptual thinking
Ones to help us understand
Teaching and/or Learning:
Root MetaphorsDesigned to help us ID
how we see teaching at
this stage
4 Commonplaces:
Teaching is multi-faceted
Ones to help us understand
connections between teaching
and learning theory:
Blooms Taxonomy; used
to help us distinguish
between Divergent and
Convergent thinking
National Standards
(2014)- process oriented
framework for guiding
Learning Theories- to
help us ID how our
practice fits into

Curriculum and Instruction

Short Teaching Episodeswhat did you learn?

Blooms Taxonomy
Teaching Philosophy- drives
how we teach
National Standards- what is
their use in the classroom?
Learning Theories- How do
they make us aware of our
practice and what comprises
our teaching?
Lesson Plans- Their function
and frames
How/Why to Plan for
instruction: long term to
make connections among
Learning Modalities- Do
kids learn and take in
information in only one way,
or multiple ways?
Time Management in the
classroom- why this is
Childrens abilities and
differences (intellectual,
behavioral, social and
Our OWN experience its
influence on our present life
as teachers
The importance of process;
what are the benefits of

2014 National Standards- use

and implementation. How can
we create artistically literate
Planning Decisions-what do
we have to examine when
planning instruction?
Exploring the current Music
Ed paradigm
Ayers, chapter 3- Classroom
affects how students
learn/messages sent
Video ObservationTraditional instruction vs.
Phil Greco-Teaching
dispositions in the classroom
sets the foundation

enacting change when we

feel a need.
Are my beliefs static? Or
am I willing to embrace
the uncomfortable and
new in order to learn
more as a teacher?

educational thought
Lesson Planning
Templates- varied and
Roles of StudentsActive/ Passive. Which
context encourages
either role?

getting kids to be messy

learners and discuss their
own thinking?
The difference between a
curriculum and standards
Use of technology in the
Behind the scenes of teaching
(meetings, colleagues, the
other side of your life as an